The Courier-Mail

Sad, lonely and worth $2.7 billion

Minecraft founder shares angst on Twitter


IT’S official: money can’t buy you happiness.

Just ask Minecraft founder and recent billionair­e Markus Persson.

The Swedish creator of the hugely popular video game, which he sold to Microsoft for $2.7 billion last year, revealed his sadness in a series of melancholi­c tweets on Saturday.

It seems despite buying a Beverly Hills mansion for a whopping $98 million, which he equipped with an enormous candy wall and used to host wild parties, Persson, also known as Notch, is actually super bored and really lonely.

His sad Twitter spree began with this reflective update: “The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interactio­n becomes impossible due to imbalance.”

He then said he was hanging out with friends in Ibiza and partying with famous people “able to do whatever I want” but “I’ve never felt more isolated”. He continued: “In sweden (sic), I will sit around and wait for my friends with jobs and families to have time to do s---, watching my reflection in the monitor.”

He also revealed his former Minecraft co-workers “all hate me now”.

To make matters worse, even his love life is in tat- ters. Persson said he met a “great girl” but “she’s afraid of me and my lifestyle and went with a normal person instead”.

But after expressing his sadness for an hour or so, which attracted plenty of love and kind words from many of his 2.5 million Twitter followers, Persson began to feel hopeful again. While some users asked if his account had been hacked, others urged him to use his piles of cash for good.

But the billionair­e ultimately found solace in the advice of other overachiev­ers, and having a shower.

“People who made sudden success are telling me this is normal and will pass. That’s good to know! I guess I’ll take a shower then!” Persson tweeted.

“I really appreciate all the offers to hang and talk and all. As an introvert, new friends is hard to do even when fine.

“And just venting and not feeling like I had to hide made it feel a bit easier to cope with already.”

Poor Persson’s Twitter outpouring­s come a week after a public spat with online music streaming service Spotify, saying he had dropped his subscripti­on as a protest over the company’s asking users for access to their contacts and photograph­s.

Persson told his followers: “As a consumer, I’ve always loved your service. You’re the reason I stopped pirating music. Please consider not being evil.”

Spotify chief executive Daniel Ek responded directly to him: “Have you read our blog? We explicitly will ask when using camera or GPS.”

The Swedish group is facing stiff competitio­n from US rival Apple.

Apple Music was launched on June 30 after the firm realised that music fans would in the future be more likely to choose streaming over downloads.



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